Troy Ray Long
Troy R. Long, the 12th of 13 children born to Lee and Leota Long, was born June 1, 1947 in Chandler, Oklahoma.
Troy was a believer in education. He began his educational journey at Douglass Elementary and Red Oak Independent School in Chandler. Upon his graduation from Chandler High School in 1965, he attended Okmulgee Tech where he earned an Associate Degree in Upholstery. He was then drafted into the US Army in 1968 where he served as a Military Police Officer. Upon his honorable discharge in 1970, he returned to Oklahoma City and began attending Central State University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English in 1973.
Troy met the love of his life, Layola, and they were wed on January 13, 1973. To this union, two beautiful daughters were born, Ameyka Darshelle and Angela Michelle. During this time, he began his 36-year career at Dayton Tire, which later became Bridgestone/Firestone. Troy was a natural-born leader and accomplished anything he set his mind to. He was a respected employee and supervisor during his tenure at Firestone. He was named Supervisor of the Year in 2000, recognized as the highest tire-producing Production Supervisor from 2004-2006, awarded for 18 years of perfect attendance, and received numerous other awards and commendations.
Troy was a lifelong member of the CME church, serving at Lane Chapel C.M.E. Church in Chandler, Oklahoma until he graduated from high school. He joined St. John C.M.E. Church in Spencer, Oklahoma in 1965, under the pastoral leadership of his brother, Rev. Curtiss Long. He served in several offices of leadership in the church to include - President of the Usher Board, President of the Pastor’s Aide Committee, and Vice President of the Trustee Board until his death. He was also a member of the Steward Board, Ministry to Men (formerly Christian Methodist Men’s Fellowship), church beautification, Lay Council, Sunday School, Bus Ministry, and numerous other church committees. Troy was an organizer and led the planning of numerous programs and efforts including the annual Steward’s Day Musical, pew memorials for the new church sanctuary, and most recently served as Co-Chair of the church’s 75th Anniversary. On the district level, Troy served as the Vice President of the OKC District Ushers. In 2000, he received the Oklahoma City District Ministry to Men Living Legend award. Troy loved his church family, supported the activities of the church, followed his pastor to various engagements and consistently supported the choir, led by his two daughters. He faithfully attended District 5th Sunday Missionary Programs and enjoyed singing with the Ministry to Men Chorus.
Troy loved his hometown of Chandler. It was important to him that the community continued to thrive. He was Founder and President of the Route 66 Community Service and Volunteer Committee, which focused on providing college scholarships and community improvement projects including assistance with repairs and renovations to the Old Douglass Gym in Chandler. He served as President of the Citizens for the Improvement of Chandler (C.I.C.) and was a member of the Alumni Association.
Troy had a heart as big as his smile and laugh. He helped others whenever he could and wanted to see people be their best. Whenever he was in the room, you knew it. He had a thunderous clap, hearty laugh, and the loudest “whisper” you’ve ever heard. He will truly be missed.
Troy departed this life peacefully on January 11, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters (Leola Alfreda, Delois Lane, and Margarene Johnson), and five brothers (Johnny, Eugene, Alonzo, Joe, and Curtiss Long). He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Layola, two daughters, Ameyka (Andrew) and Angela; two sisters: Maxine Lacy and Naomi Long both of Oklahoma City; two brothers: Elmerece (Bobbie) Long and Adolph (Correllia) Long of Oklahoma City; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
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